Tuition Scholarship Program

Program Description

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies at colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. The scholarship application form posts to this page in the Fall for funding that will be offered for the following academic year,  September - May

All fields and majors are eligible for scholarship funding.  In addition, dedicated funding is available for:

  • law and engineering studies at DePaul University and non-public colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; 
  • residents of New Jersey, first preference for studies in nursing, teaching and business;
  • residents of NY state for studies in medicine;
  • residents of Amsterdam, NY; 
  • residents of Chicopee, MA; 
  • residents of New Hampshire;
  • residents of Connecticut, first preference for residents of Fairfield and New Haven counties;
  • students who evidence leadership, excellent written and verbal communication skills and participation in school and/or community activities;
  • journalism; 
  • sciences: physical-chemical, biological, technical and natural sciences;
  • dentistry; 
  • applied sciences; medicine; music; humanities; social sciences; architecture; engineering; medical research; education; piano performance;  violin performance; orchestral studies; law; art; fine arts;  pharmacy; chemistry; accounting; business administration; banking; finance; Polish studies.


United States citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing their graduate studies and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies only. Only one member per immediate family may receive a tuition scholarship during any given academic year. Applicants may re-apply.  Awards are limited to only two tuition scholarships per individual during the period of his/her studies.   

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's academic achievements, interests and motivation, the applicant's interest in Polish subjects or involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration.

Application Procedure

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • A - Completed Scholarship Application Forms;
  • B - Statement of Purpose;
  • C - Official Transcripts;
  • D - Two confidential Letters of Reference;
  • E - Letter of Acceptance to graduate school;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport-size photo;
  • H - $35 non-refundable application fee.


  • A -  Review the application here and prepare supporting materials (items B-essay, F-proof of Polish ancestry, G-photo as well as the Financial Information form)  prior to completing the on-line application form whose link is found below.  
  • B - In the statement of purpose discuss your major and your academic and career goals. Your statement of purpose will be a minimum of three pages long, double spaced.  Include your full name and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement. Save your file and upload it to the on-line application form.
  • C - Submit official transcripts for the last three full years of academic work through the most recent Summer semester.   Submit official transcripts via US postal service.  Please see below for address.  
  • D - Request letters of academic reference from two recent professors / teachers.  Letters must be submitted on university letterhead in a sealed envelope and may be sent by professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via US postal service or via e-mail to  
  • E - Submit a copy of your letter of acceptance to graduate school.  Letters may be submitted via US postal service or e-mail to through May 15th.
  • F - Submit proof of Polish ancestry.  Upload supporting documents such as birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers and other official documents to show your lineage to the ancestor who was born in Poland.  Highlight relevant names in supporting documents.  If documentation is not available, a letter from a prominent member of the community verifying your Polish ancestry will be accepted. Letters from relatives are not accepted.
  • G - Submit a photo of yourself which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter.  Electronic photo may be uploaded to the on-line application.  
  • H - Submit the $35 non-refundable application fee together with the Checklist to the KF via US post.  Please make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation. 

Notes for Re-applicants:

  • With the exception of photos, proof of Polish descent and university acceptance letter, applicants who are applying for scholarship renewal must update all materials since their last application submission.  This includes an updated statement of purpose; official transcripts for the interim period through the most recent Summer semester (do not submit current Fall grades unless requested); two updated letters of reference; complete the on-line tuition scholarship application; and submit the financial information form.  
  • Submit Checklist and a $35 non-refundable application fee;  
  • Renewal of scholarships are not guaranteed; candidates who are reapplying for funding are considered together with the new pool of applicants;
  • Please see Notes above for additional information.  

Notes for all applicants:

  • The KF cannot confirm receipt of materials by phone.
  • Do not staple check/money order to Checklist.
  • Please send hard copy documents to:
Attn: A. Tymczyszyn
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

The scholarship deadline dates for academic year September 2016-May 2017 are :    

January  15, 2016  application, supporting materials and application fee
May 15, 2016 copy of your Letter of Admission to Graduate School
Notification of results will be made on or about May 29, 2016. 

A time-line for for academic year 2016-2017 will be made available here.
Changes in subject area which are made following scholarship notification may result in re-consideration or cancellation of the scholarship award.


When the on-line application period is closed, write to and ask to be added to the Tuition Scholarship mailing list.  We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 



You will need to upload several documents to complete the online application:

  1. A passport sized full-faced photograph of yourself.
  2. Statement of purpose.
  3. Financial information form.
  4. Proof of Polish ancestry.
  5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (optional).


Information below is posted for Kosciuszko Foundation's 2014-2015 Tuition Scholarship recipients. 


Click here to view a timeline of due dates for the 2014-2015 scholarship.

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